Natural justice

IF a football club (Rangers) spends money it does not have then it will have a team that is in theory better than a club of its standing and size could reasonably expect.

However those financial decisions will eventually catch up with you.

When this happens (be it an insolvency event or simply cost cutting to address liabilities) the team on the park will inevitably be weaker than a club of its standing and size could expect.

It is hard to as a fan to say this sort of approach is unjustifiable.

This is what makes no sense in respect of Rangers. Even if you accept the entirely hypothetical argument EBTs allowed players to be sign who otherwise wouldn’t have played for Rangers, the consequences of doing so are there for all to see.

There is a natural justice there which of itself means that “sporting integrity” over a period of time is maintained regardless of the financial actions of clubs owners.

David Watson,Perth, Australia

Duty of councils

HAVING studied Scots Law relating to property at a post-graduate level at Paisley University, I would like to comment on the tragic situation in Govanhill.

With all due respect to the previous correspondents, to blame anyone at Holyrood, government party or not, is inaccurate and incorrect either factually or legally speaking.

Whilst it is true that laws relating to housing and public health are now created at Holyrood, the enforcement of this legalisation remains, as it always has been, the duty of local councils.

Councils in Scotland already have the power to apply legal enforceable improvement notices to property owners, condemn housing as being unfit for human habitation and, where public health is endangered, enter land / premises to clean them and then bill the owners for such work.

The real question for campaigners in Govanhill is why have council officials not being using their existing powers? Why have councillors not been asking this of their officials? I would also ask what legal advice has been given to the campaigners, as a criminal lawyer may not be as aware of property law, as it is part of civil law.

Andrew Haddow, Glasgow


AT the weekend I had a walk through my local park, King’s Park and what a disappointment it was.

Rose beds choked with weeds, flower beds grassed over, the walled garden which used to be a gem just a shadow of its former self, empty flower beds.

No doubt the reason given will be lack of resources and manpower but if you read the papers there is an army of people who have been given community pay back orders. Why can’t they be given work in our parks and help bring them back to the attractive oasis that they once were?

H Dickson